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Music News: Grammys organization to name first-ever woman president


Deborah Dugan with Bono at a (RED) event in 2012.

Billboard reports that for the first time ever, the Recording Academy will be led by a woman. Also in the news today: Coachella recap, Jay-Z to reopen Webster Hall, fans petition to rename black hole in Chris Cornell's honor, and Spoon respond to video of Pete Buttigieg playing their music. Plus, what are Taylor Swift and Madonna teasing?

Music News: five record-store managers weigh in on Record Store Day


Lunchbox Records in Charlotte, N.C.

Saturday, April 13, is Record Store Day 2019. In the run-up to the nationwide blitz on record stores, The Current's Music News checked in with record-store operators at five locations across the country to learn their perspectives on the biggest day of the year.

Music News: Record Store Day 2019 releases - our top picks


Record shopping at Coachella, 2018.

Record Store Day is coming up this Saturday, so Jay and Jade each pick their favorite releases vinyl (and cassette) fans will be able to get their hands on. Also, we talk with Record Store Day co-founder Carrie Colliton, who talks about how the event got started and shares some of her favorite RSD memories.

Music News: Songwriters ask concert promoters for a raise


Crowd at the Atmosphere concert

BMI is trying to get concert promoters to share more revenue with songwriters. Also in the news today: an L.A. intersection will be renamed for Nipsey Hussle, Sharon Osbourne opens up about Ozzy's health struggles, Mandy Moore's making new music, Escort recreate a classic Journey video, and two pieces of exciting news for fans of movies and music. (Hint: tell me more, tell me more...)

Music News: Prince engineer must pay $4 million for unauthorized EP release


Prince performs on 'American Idol' in 2006.

A former Prince engineer has been ordered to pay $4 million to the late icon's estate after releasing recordings without authorization. Plus, Bob Dylan's all in with his new whiskey brand, opening a dedicated distillery in Nashville. Also in the news today: rotating door for Jazz Fest headliners; B-52s celebrating 40th anniversary; Lil Nas X and Billie Eilish rule Billboard charts; and Meghan Trainor gets cheers from her Spy Kid husband.

Music News: Lil Nas X song dropped from country chart, sparking controversy


Cover art for the Lil Nas X single 'Old Town Road

'Old Town Road,' a song about cowboys by genre-crossing artist Lil Nas X, has been removed from Billboard's country chart, sparking discussion as to why. Also in the news today: recording industry revenue grows, Green Day announce an 'inspiring' picture book, a classic reggae movie is coming to the U.S., Red Bull Radio and Music Academy are ending, and Jimi Hendrix tour manager Gerry Stickells has died at 76.

Music News: Queen musical 'We Will Rock You' coming to America this year


Queen musical 'We Will Rock You'

Elvis Costello and Blondie announce a 2019 joint tour; Loretta Lynn celebrates her 87th birthday with a big Nashville bash; most hits are written by groups of people, not individual artists; Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers cheekily cover Oscar-winning song from 'A Star Is Born'; and a Queen musical that debuted in London in 2002 is coming to America later this year, buoyed by the popularity of 'Bohemian Rhapsody.'

Music News: Tributes pour in for late rapper and community leader Nipsey Hussle


Nipsey Hussle

Mick Jagger's heart-valve replacement surgery postpones Rolling Stones' tour. A number of musicians will appear in an upcoming zombie film from director Jim Jarmusch. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted a new class of honorees, including an underwhelmed Robert Smith. And heartfelt tributes are pouring in for the late musician and community leader Nipsey Hussle, who died in Los Angeles on Sunday.